Installing and maintaining an effective security surveillance system may seem like a daunting task. While there are several security options to consider, none are quite as easy to implement and offer all the amenities of a mobile security surveillance trailer.
Here are 4 benefits to consider during your search for a dependable security system:
When assessing the security needs of your site or event, you have the option to hire security guards. Guards may patrol in one area or make their rounds periodically. However, this option has its limitations, as guards can’t be everywhere and see everything at once.
Mobile security surveillance trailers have 30-foot tall poles with cameras mounted to them. This provides a bird’s-eye, 360-degree view of the area. The cameras are always on and live-recording while a security specialist monitors remotely. When suspicious activity is spotted, the specialist immediately contacts local police.
After the incident is resolved by police on site, further investigation may still be necessary. Since all video is recorded, you will have evidence to aid in closing the case or verifying an insurance claim.
While live security guards may be able to offer eye witness accounts, one thing to consider is the nature of human memory. Oftentimes witnesses of the same event, especially traumatized ones, will report details of the event differently. These individuals aren’t lying, but their emotional state and bias might make them remember things differently.
According to Scientific American, “Many people believe that human memory works like a video recorder: the mind records events and then, on cue, plays back an exact replica of them. On the contrary, psychologists have found that memories are reconstructed rather than played back each time we recall them.”
Psychologist Elizabeth F. Loftus of the University of California, Irvine, confirms this, calling memory “more akin to putting puzzle pieces together than retrieving a video recording.” By using 24/7 video surveillance, you’ll have the proof you need in the event of a crime.
Setting up permanent security cameras is not always practical or cost effective. If you are trying to secure a festival or a construction site that will not be a permanent fixture, mobile units are the best route to go. Permanent surveillance systems have a fair amount of upfront costs that would not be well spent on a temporary installation.
As mentioned earlier, there are some drawbacks to hiring security guards. According to the US Department of Labor, the average salary for a security guard is almost $30,000 a year. If you are contracting this to a professional security company you can expect to pay twice that amount, or more. If you live in an area with a higher cost of living, you could pay even more. When you compare this annual cost to the price of renting a mobile unit, the savings are clear. SMART Security’s Mobile Video Guard runs about 60% less than the cost of a security officer each month.
Live Monitored Video
Sometimes, after a crime occurs, a property manager will choose to set up security cameras on the grounds. But if they are not managed and monitored live, what’s the point? Having evidence that a crime was committed will help with insurance claims. It won’t be as helpful in apprehending the criminal or preventing the theft or vandalism in the first place.
Walking onto your site one morning to discover missing equipment—and a video of someone stealing it—won’t bring you much comfort (or your equipment back). Knowing there is always a trained security specialist watching your site will give you peace of mind. It will also allow you to enjoy your time off the job.
Self-Sustaining Mobile Security Surveillance Trailer Units
Normally, in the event of a power outage, your cameras will “go dark,” making you vulnerable to unrecorded activity on site. However, if a camera goes down in a live monitored surveillance unit, a specialist will immediately recognize the problem, but will be able to continue monitoring because the units are powered through solar energy and batteries. These units are entirely self-sustaining, independent of your electricity or internet.
You don’t have to power the units, provide internet service, monitor the video or hire security guards. All you have to do is hire a team you can trust, deployment is easy and takes minutes. Everything is taken care of for you, you can rent the unit for as long as needed. Monthly, weekly and daily rates are available for our mobile video surveillance trailers.
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SMART Security Pros is a provider of armed security services utilizing only active/retired/prior law enforcement officers as well as Mobile Video Guard Surveillance services. Shawn Scarlata is the Founder/CEO and the author of this post.